Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cal Multi Event meet wiped out by weather...

BERKELEY, California--The weather was the winner of the Cal multiple events meet (left/photo courtesy University of California), as strong wind and rain forced the cancellation of much of the second day of competition Thursday at Edwards Stadium.

Seattle Pacific's Ali Worthen and Crystal Sims never had a chance to finish the heptathlon.  Falcon teammate Nate Johnson was one event short of doing all 10 in the decathlon.

So while the athletes in the morning sessions – a group that included Falcon sophomore Johnson on the men's side, and SPU's Katy Gross and Jennifer Pike in the women's hep – at least got to contest most or all their second-day events, Worthen and Sims, along with numerous other competitors, never even got started.

Worthen and Sims both had gotten off to a solid start through Wednesday's first four events. Worthen was fifth in her group and seventh overall with 2,955 points. That total included 818 for her second-place finish in the high jump in which Worthen tied her career-best height of 5 feet, 5¾ inches. She also PR'd in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.11 seconds.

Sims was right behind Worthen in the standings, sitting sixth in the group and eighth overall with 2,930 points. Her highest finish was third in the shot put, and she set a personal-best height of 4 feet, 11 ¾ inches in the high jump to tie for eighth.

At least Falcon sophomore Gross and senior Pike had the opportunity to finish what they started. Gross, with consistent performances on Thursday of third place in the long jump, fourth in the javelin and fourth in the 800-meter run, wound up fourth in the group with 4,050 points.

Pike won the meet-ending 800 in 2 minutes, 41.86 seconds, and also was third in the javelin and tied for ninth in the long jump to total 3,849 points.

Despite not getting to pole vault because of the unsafe conditions, competition, Johnson still took fourth place in his group with 4,897 points. He picked up 456 of those with a discus throw of 97 feet even (29.57 meters) to take first place in that event.

Among the men not getting to compete in their final five events was former Seattle Pacific star Chris Randolph. Competing for Slo Wellness, Randolph had racked up 3,947 points on Wednesday to lead both Group A and the overall standings.

Results of the Cal Multis meet are available here.

NOTE: The University of California and Seattle Pacific University contributed to this report.

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